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Bridgewater Community Healthcare FT - Dental Division - Trafford SG

We are a specialist dental service providing NHS Dental Treatment to patients with Additional Needs. We have highly trained and qualified Dental Care Professionals who strive to make dental accessible to patients with additional needs. We operate a Domiciliary service for patients that can not attend a clinical setting or a General Dentist. We offer 'Happy Air' sedation (Inhalation Sedation) for anxious patients, General Anaesthetics in a hospital settings. We have 3 clinics across Trafford all based in Health Centres. We are also a training centre for 4th and 5th year Dental Student learning to treat children. We also have an Oral Health Promotion team who deliver Oral Health advice locally to care homes, schools, baby/toddler groups and to Health visitors. We also accept referral from General Dentists if patients are unable to accept treatment in a general practice. We specialise in acclimatising anxious patients to accept Dental treatment and then refer back to their own General Dentist for regular care.

22 July 2020
North West
Care, Health
Local Alliances:
Manchester Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We offer all our patient all available treatment options so that they can make an informed choice.

We offer patient centred treatment taiolr made to meet the specific needs of our patients.

We help our patients to live pain and dental disease free.

We offer pateint infomation leaflets in different formats and written treatment plans.

We offer a valuable service to the local community, welcome and value patient feed back and always work towards delivering best practice.

Should there be an oppurtunity to participate in research we would be happy to contribute.


2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We understand the population is living longer and also keeping their teeth. We consider prevention of dental disease paramount and we have a high number of patients that live in supported living. There is a training need for the carers to be taught the importance of dental care, tothbrushing with a toothpaste containing fluoride, keeping sugary foods to mealtimes only and seeing a dentist for checkups. Due to patients taking multiple medications, this oftern leads to patients having a dry mouth. This increases the risk of patients developing dental decay as patients often continuously have sweets and/or drinks to moisten the mouth which contain sugar leading to dental decay.  

2. Actions

  • Deliver Dementia Friends Session

    Deliver a dementia friends session every two years as a refresher for staff, and also new starters to the trust.

    Being implemented
  • Contact building maintenance regarding re- painting to the hand rails

    Contact building maintenance regarding re- painting hand rails outside the building

  • Make signage for public toilet taps and dental reception.

    Make signage 'Hot / Cold' for public toilet taps also Dental Reception sign added to waiting room.

  • Information leaflets

    Information leaflets from Alzheimers society ordered and made avaliable to patients.